The Personal Hotspot feature on your iPhone 7 provides a way for you to give Internet access to another wireless device that doesn’t have it. This causes your cellular data connection to be shared with that other device, which can lead to excessive data use depending on what that other device is doing.
When another device is using your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot, you will see a blue bar at the top of the screen that indicates that a device is sharing your connection. But if you aren’t near your iPhone, or you aren’t checking it, then you may not see this occur. One way to ensure that another device isn’t using your Hotspot is to check that it’s not turned on.
How to Turn off the Personal Hotspot on an iPhone 7
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.3.1. Note that you can also elect to change the password for your Personal Hotspot from the screen that we will navigate to below.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Choose the Personal Hotspot option.
Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Personal Hotspot to turn it off. I have mine turned off in the picture below.
If you want to be able to use this again in the future, simply return to this menu and re-enable the hotspot.
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